City Council

W.L. Pate

At-large City Councilman W.L. Pate, who is serving his second term as president of Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 16, was elected second vice president of the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers, and Commissioners at a recent meeting of Texas elected officials.

Port Arthur City Council

April 5, the Port Arthur City Council tabled an agenda item that would prohibit land on Jade Avenue to be used for a “slaughterhouse or meat-processing plant” after Riceland Farms recently brought a proposal for such a facility before the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Keith Richard

With 490 votes cast for a turnout of 4.65 percent of the 10,548 registered voters in Port Arthur’s District 4, Keith McCurry Richard received 303 votes, or 62.73 percent, to win the City of Port Arthur Special Election on April 2. Richard will finish the unexpired term of Stephen Mosely, who resigned from city council to run for a county commissioner’s seat.

Alicia Gayle Marshall received 180 votes, or 37.27 percent.

Claude Guidroz stands with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and supporters.

March 29, Ward 1 City Council candidate Claude Guidroz proudly announced his recent endorsement from the Beaumont Police Officers Association in the May 9 election. According to a news release from the candidate's staff, officers of the association voted unanimously to support Guidroz for the Ward 1 seat.

Bill Sam (right) takes the oath of office as a Beaumont city councilman.

At a packed Beaumont City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13, incoming Ward IV councilman Bill Sam was sworn in and officially took his seat on the council. Sam was appointed to the elected position to fill the unexpired term left by former councilmember Jamie Smith, who was elected to serve the area as Jefferson County District Clerk.


District 4 is up for grabs with current District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet running for mayor. The following are two candidates who are vying for the position:

Robert Troy

Age: 68

Hometown: Port Arthur


God, family members and voters were all the big winners and thanked tremendously Tuesday morning when the Port Arthur City Council welcomed two new members to its chambers while welcoming back two incumbents.

In one of the larger City Council races in recent memory, 24 candidates competed for the six open City Council positions, and the four winners were honored with the swearing in by Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince in a ceremony held at the Council Chambers in City Hall and was followed up with a reception.


It was a regular Thursday for Julie Gauthier and her family on May 19. Work, school and a dance recital for 4-year-old Claire in the evening were part of the day’s festivities.

But Thursday also had something special in store for bot h the citizens of Port Neches and the Gauthier family as the 34-year-old Port Neches native was only the second woman in the 102-year history of the city to be sworn in to the city council. Former mayor and city council member Frances Monk was the first woman to join the council according to Jamie Louviere, Port Neches City Secretary.


Despite an otherwise tepid voter turnout, especially on election day, the citizens who did cast their vote at the ballot box ousted four incumbents Saturday night, with the suprise of the evening coming from District 1, where Jack Chatman was unseated by Raymond Scott, 507-336.

In District 2, Liz Segler held on to her seat by a comfortable 57-vote margin, outlasting Cal Jones 287-230.

In District 3, Mayor Pro-Tem Morris Albright III had no problem dispatching former Port Arthur Mayor Oscar Ortiz, tallying 704 votes to Ortiz's 206.